Course: BIOL 321, Special Topics in Field Biology (three credits)
Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Biology
Instructor: Amy Blair, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dates: May 23 - June 12, 2016 (subject to change)
Primary Location: Quito, Cuenca and the Pacific Coast in Ecuador
Price: $4,940 (tentative)
This international study abroad course is designed to give students broad exposure to the biology of the tropics. Ecuador is an ideal location for such a course because of the incredible number of unique habitat types and immense biological diversity. During the course, students will spend time in different regions of Ecuador, exploring and learning about tropical cloud forests, tropical rainforests, the páramo, dry tropical forests, and mangroves. The course ends on the Pacific Coast, where students will learn about the unique ecosystem and organisms that inhabit this region. During the course, students will design and conduct biological research in tropical habitats. Additionally, students will experience and learn about the kind people and vibrant culture of Ecuador by, for example, visiting local markets, participating in a day of service, and traveling to a cacao farm.
Application deadline - November 15, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Return your completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Pay your $500 deposit online.
Commitment deadline-December 15, 2015
$1,000 commitment fee due. Pay your $1000 commitment fee online. IF YOU DO NOT DECLARE IN WRITING YOUR WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM BY THIS DATE, YOU ARE LIABLE FOR ALL CHARGES INCURRED FOR YOU ON THIS PROGRAM.